New sport in the park

Published on: Tuesday, 1st May 2018

Table tennis fans have been served an all-year-round sporting treat thanks to the installation of a new outdoor table tennis table at West Park in Long Eaton.

Erewash Borough Council has installed the table near the play areas and it is free to use by all visitors to the popular 127-acre park.

Table tennis equipment is also available from the park’s West Perk café which is adjacent to the table and is open daily from 10am to 5pm during the summer - or visitors can take along their own.

Table tennis is becoming increasingly popular and has great health benefits, especially as a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels.  When played regularly it improves reflexes, hand-eye coordination and balance, while toning and strengthening core muscles and helping to keep the heart strong and healthy.

It has also been recommended as a method of warding off Alzheimer's and for assisting in the treatment of dementia.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “We’re delighted that we have this in place in time for the summer and we know that it will be used and enjoyed by visitors both young and old. It is another great addition to West Park, which has something for everyone – from enjoyable exercise or relaxing walks through to a whole range of sports facilities. It is packed full of things to do for all the family.”

West Park is a ‘Green Flag’ park and is the largest park in the borough offering sports and recreational facilities that include an outdoor gym, play areas and a Splashpad water park.

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